Galatians 6:1-3 (NLT)
1 Dear brothers and sisters, if another believer is overcome by some sin, you who are godly should gently and humbly help that person back onto the right path. And be careful not to fall into the same temptation yourself. 2 Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ. 3 If you think you are too important to help someone, you are only fooling yourself. You are not that important.
In the previous chapter of Galatians the apostle Paul gave plea for Christians to serve one another out of love. Here he continues that thought encouraging Christians to help other Christians overcome by sin. They are to do so delicately and in such a manner to lead the person back towards God. A believer should always be aware they are also subject to temptation. Dealing with the temptation of another they could also fall prey to the same temptation. We all must remember we are servants of God and if do not submit to the service of loving others; someone else can always take our place.
A problem many Jews faced prior to the coming of Christ was the strict rules and regulations placed upon them by religious leaders. Jesus said to the crowds and to his disciples, “The teachers of religious law and the Pharisees are the official interpreters of the law of Moses. So practice and obey whatever they tell you, but don’t follow their example. For they don’t practice what they teach. They crush people with unbearable religious demands and never lift a finger to ease the burden.” The law was established to reflect sin and show man reproof and how to live life. Paul said, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.” The law was not to a burden, but a course of direction for man to pursue towards God. The Pharisees and Sadducees had distorted that meaning and placed burdensome tasks on people instead of trying to help their problems. Our responsibility as Christian brothers and sisters is to love and help others. We are to point out failures in a loving way. We should allow the grace of Christ to work through us extending grace where grace is required. And we should allow room for understanding of those who have fallen to sin because we are also subject to the same temptation.